Butternut Squash and Gorgonzola Rigatoni Pasta Pie with Fried Sage
This just kind of seemed like a Sunday recipe.
For one, it’s SO easy. Just throw everything in and go. No peeling tomatoes, no chopping and no splatters all over your stove. Then there is the fact that your house is gonna smell like an old Italian lady’s all day long.
It’s so good.
To be honest, I am not the biggest tomato sauce person.
I like it in lasagna, or when used as dipping sauce or sometimes even on sandwiches, but not normally with pasta. When I was a kid I always just choose pasta with butter and passed on the sauce. Of course this could have been my mother subconsciously influencing my decision. She apparently grew up on noodles and butter and still loves them to this day. Asher has decided to follow in her footsteps.
You want to know something funny though?
I have always been a good eater and am willing to try pretty much anything, but my brothers are a different story, especially Kai. To this day the kid has still never eaten a single piece of fruit and the only vegetables that have ever passed through his lips are tomatoes – and they’ve been in the form of pizza, pasta or ketchup. Oh and corn, he does love corn.
He is going to be eighteen in November and never a single fruit. Unless you count those sugary artificial fruit drinks, he loves those. Oh and remember these zucchini crusted chicken fingers? He did eat those, but he never knew he was eating zucchini.
Muhahaha (as I rub my hands together in an evil way)!
When we were younger he would always go for the red stuff and I would go for the butter. I think it is because I do not really enjoy warm tomatoes or maybe we just bought the cheapy sauce. Ok, we definitely bought the cheapy sauce. I just think it is funny, well not funny, more like ironic, that the vegetable, fruit hating kid went for the color and me, the kid who would munch on broccoli and carrots after school, went for the butter.
Such a funny story, right? Yeah, no. I am stopping.
I admit that when I set out to make this pasta sauce I had another dish in mind (oh, it’s coming), but it turned out so rich and delicious that I actually ended up serving some of it over pasta for dinner. The brown butter adds so much flavor and richness and when paired with the tomatoes it’s perfect.
I added some jalapeño pepper because I like a little kick, but that part is up to you. I also love adding some parmesan cheese right at the end, I highly recommend doing that part.
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Told you it was good.
Hi Tieghan, I just tried this for the first time and my daughter and I loved it. The only thing I can’t seem to find a fix for is the acidity/bitterness of the sauce. The parmesan cheese really helped, but I can still taste a great deal of acidity/bitterness. Any recommendations??
Thanks so much for making this recipe, so sorry you are having a bitterness. Is there anything you are adjusting? You could try adding a sprinkle of sugar to balance that out. I hope this helps! xx
HI Ivonne –
My husband has issues with the acidity of tomatoes and I mix in 1/8 tsp of baking soda per 28 oz can of tomatoes at the end of the cook time. In this recipe I do it before I add the brown butter. It will foam up (adding a base to an acid), but as long as you keep the ratio above or a little less, it should help the acidity and not bother the taste. Good luck!
My husband will not stop talking about how delicious this dinner was. I threw in some raw, frozen Italian sausages at the beginning and it worked perfectly!
Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! ?xTieghan
I’ll be honest, I really wanted to like this recipe. So much so that I tried it twice. But I feel like I get much more flavor out of my sauce when I just add veggies and spices to a store bought one. This recipe would be great for a picky eater or a child, but I am neither of those things. If you want a rich flavorful marinara sauce, you’re better off sautéing some onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms and just adding those to a store bought jar. With peace and love
Thanks for giving the recipe a try, so sorry it was not enjoyed! xTieghan
Can this be made in an instant pot (just got one for Christmas!)?
I haven’t tested this, but I would recommend doing this on high pressure for 10 minutes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if I can help in any other way! Happy New Year! xTieghan